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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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215 reader reviews for Honda Civic Hatchback.
  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    Ian Edgington , Shropshire . Date: 21/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I have now owned the Type R GT for almost two years and 25k miles. It is a fine hot hatch that does verything you would expect of it brilliantly.

    It has a superb high reving engine with instantaneous power delivery and none of the lag experienced in it's forced induction rivals. The engine note is amazing and intoxicating and often acts as encouragement to the driver to give it the beans just for the fun of it.

    It is extremely spacious inside and has amble space for four large adults to sit in comfort. The boot is also spacious for this class of car.

    Running costs are again surprisingly good for the type of car. For example a major service cost £188. Fuel consumption of around 38mpg can easily be achieved with some restraint in the right foot department.

    My only niggles are interior rattles and the fact thet it does not have a spare wheel. I had to fork out £130 for the reassurance of carrying a space saver as an alternative to the rubbish bottle of tyre foam which when I needed it, let me down.

    All in all the best hot hatch on the market at the moment as it's sale figures will confirm.

  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    mark houghton Date: 16/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    the drive is fantastic.alot of people say this car could do with more power.its got plenty of guts.i have done alot of track days in lots of different cars.from super cars to small hot hatches.what alot of peolpe dont realise who go for these cars are that these types of cars are made to go around corners at speed. if they want things to go fast in a straight line go american.you have to remember this car gets 200bhp out of a 2000cc engine without a turbo or super charger.no other hot hatch out there can do this, plus not one of these engines have ever gone wrong and its built to get thrashed. the servicing cost are only £180,there is no other hot hatch that can match the mpg.its the best hot hatch for holding on to its money to.i have driven the st and vrx (vrx is a clown car terrible to control).the problems with this car is that there are to many on the roads,massive fuel bills but most of all is the amount of money you loose.so if you have a large wallet the st would be for you. the honda is a marmite car but i do like it.its not perfect by fare but it is a very good car. im not an expert on cars but i do them race so read the experts reveiws.if you do buy one of these cars get the veichle looked at by a car inspector. alot of these cars get crashed on the tarck and there are loads on the road with undeclared damages.or buy from a dealer as they cant sell damged cars by law.go for the gt they sell on better

  • 2.0 i-VTEC Type R GT 3dr

    Adam Caga , West midlands . Date: 26/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31.3

    My car

    I have tested the civic twice now; latest being a 1 hour drive today. Mixture of driving, some inner city stop start, some dual carriage way, and some normal roads and must say I find the car truly amazing. Covered 28 miles in the hour and returned a healthy 31.3 mpg which is not far from most hot diesels (which I have owned many).

    I would imagine on a long motorway run mid to late 30s would easily be achieved.

    If worked hard and driven as it is meant to be yes the fuel consumption suffers (I achieved around 24 mpg driving like I stole it) but I would not drive it like this all the time.

    Space wise great myself 6'4 the wife and the car seat in the back and plenty of room, I could get in behind the drivers seat positioned as I would have it.

    Only downside was extremely stiff ride however the car had the optional 19 inch wheels; coming from a BMW with M sport suspension and run flats even I found this ride too firm, however I imagine the 18s would overcome this.

    Overall very very impressed can be a normal everyday car when you want and a lot of fun when you don't.

    Signed the dotted line today!!

  • 2.2 i-CTDi ES 5dr

    Mike Doe , east sussex . Date: 25/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have had my civic 8 months now,and odd as it may sound i still look forward to driving it,i am a Honda fireblade rider i like to ride with purpose and get a thrill from the bike, I get the same thrill from the civic but for different reasons the engine is responsive and pulls when asked and the cars excellent chassis ensures the car goes where asked,i have found road noise to be a slight annoyance particularly on wet roads when spray can clearly be heard hitting the underside.The interior is comfortable offering planty of leg room,i am 6ft 6in tall ?.The rear spoiler i have found to be a boon when night driving ,for me it is at headlight hight and cuts all glare from following cars,it is a safety feature.I do a lot of motorway driving visiting kids at uni and have found the car to be very economical,kent to bristol and back sometimes steady driving sometimes rushing to get home, approx 50 to the gallon.Overall very satisfied with an enjoyable car to own,quality wise,it is a Honda, always solid ,extremely well put together, space age dash ? yes and am loving it,clear easy to read,use,I am proud of my civic.Previous car a Disovery,other car a Fireblade.

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